Our Executive Collaborative Team
Charles Anderson, Executive Director
Mr. Charles Anderson is the Executive Director for Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County.
Mr. Anderson comes to DVS with the full spectrum of skills needed to understand and create positive working
structures within our multi-layered programs and staff.
Mr. Anderson has over 20 years of management experience leading non-profits, start-ups, company turnarounds and
high growth organizations. Mr. Anderson has decisive, progressive leadership abilities, demonstrated by his success
in the past. He has worked at Matrix Institute since 2005. He oversaw the organization while also directing
local, national, and international training services. He is an expert in identifying and capturing new business
opportunities to build high-profit, high-growth organizations.
Mr. Anderson received his Master's Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on finance from the
University of Southern California. Mr. Anderson has extensive business and management experience having
previously served as President and member of the Board of Directors for Xtranet Systems, Inc., and as
President and CEO of RealtyOnline.Net and PageNet of Hawaii, Inc.
Laurie Barene, Development Director
Laurie Barene is the Development Director for Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County.
Laurie was born and raised in Santa Barbara and is proud to call herself a Santa Barbara Don and a UCSB Gaucho.
She has a background in the financial industry and for the past 10 years in business development and marketing.
She has earned national recognition in sales multiple times as well numerous awards for outstanding contributions to the community.
She is excited to be part of Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County as their new Development Director.
For over 25 years Laurie has had the honor of serving on various non-profit boards such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation
of the Tri-Counties, PAL (Police Activities League), the Advertising Federation of America and Cox Cares Foundation.
She has also served as the Publicity Chair for the Goleta Lemon Festival and the Event Committee for the
United Boys & Girls Club, as well as PTA President for Kellogg Elementary School. She has been a team leader
and top fundraiser for the American Heart Association's Heart Walk, currently serves on the Executive Leadership Team
for Go Red for Women and is a member of the Circle of Red committee.
In addition to being the Development Director for Domestic Violence Solutions and her volunteer work, Laurie is a
mother to two children, Brandon and Ally, who are her pride and joy.
Nicole Blair, Controller
Nicole Blair is the Controller for Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County.
Nicole graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2006 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biological Psychology. Following college, she served
as the quality manager and accountant for DKB Resources Inc., a local woman-owned company that designs and manufactures printed circuit
boards for a variety of electronic devices. Nicole also worked to secure a Quality Management System for DKB and contributed to the Mars
Rovers project for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
In 2010, she continued her education in finance and was hired as staff accountant for the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, assisting
in the management of a multi-million dollar budget, handling grant reporting, staff payroll and accounting software conversion.
Nicole brings a decade of accounting experience to DVS to serve the community and further the mission of our organization.
Carolina Najera-Magana, Clinical Director
Carolina Najera-Magana is the Clinical Director for Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County.
Carolina has served the clients at Domestic Violence Solutions for a total of five years. She has worked with both victims
and the perpetrators of intimate partner abuse. She has provided individual, and group therapy for victims. She has
facilitated groups for the mandated Batterer's Intervention Program in English and Spanish for men and women during her internship with DVS.
She has worked with the persistent and severely mentally ill as a case manager, and therapist. She provided therapy for sexually
offending teens in a residential setting.
Carolina graduated from UCSB with Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Spanish. She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
with a Master's degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is licensed and a member of the
California Association of Marriage and Family therapists.
Carolina enjoys living on the Central Coast, with her husband, two sons and dog.
Sandy Delos, Grants Manager
Sandy Delos is the Grants Manager for Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County.
Sandy has worked in the nonprofit sector for 12 years and has funded millions of grant dollars for social service organizations in Minnesota and Pennsylvania.
Among her accomplishments, she represented The Salvation Army Harbor Light, the largest homeless shelter in Minnesota, on the joint City-County Commission to End Homelessness,
initiated major partnerships for job training and represented the agency to both state and local government agencies including the state legislature. In Lancaster, Pennsylvania,
she successfully wrote capital applications to fund Tec Centro, a ground-breaking $4.5 million bilingual technology training center, created by the Spanish American Civic Association.
Sandy holds a BA from Southern Illinois University with a major in economics and minor in journalism and completed all course work and preliminary exams towards a PhD at the University of
Minnesota with a primary program in psychology and secondary program in statistics. She is a member of the Association of Professional Fundraisers, the American Psychological Association and
the Association for Women in Communications Santa Barbara Chapter where she serves on the Board of Directors.
Eloisa Patterson, Outreach and Program Development Coordinator
Eloisa Patterson is the Outreach and Program Development Coordinator for Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County.
She has over 15 years of non-profit experience, including nine in program development and community outreach. For "People Helping People" in Solvang, she provided mental health counseling for "at-risk" school-aged children. She established the first parent support group in Solvang and Los Alamos for Spanish speaking parents.
Prior to her time at People Helping People, Eloisa worked at the Institute of Behavioral Analysis in Bakersfield, counseling at risk youth in anger management, communications, and conflict resolution skills.
Eloisa holds a Master’s degree in Psychology, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor degree in Chicano studies, all from California State University, Bakersfield. She is fluent in Spanish and English.
She also serves on several non-profits boards, and helped to establish the Los Alamos Community Group.
Eloisa says, "I believe domestic violence is preventable and with the help of the community I believe that we can change beliefs about resorting to violence between intimate partners and make it unacceptable. I look forward to engaging with community leaders and residents of Santa Barbara County and starting a conversation that focuses on solutions."